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Tequila

Tequila is a Mexican spirit, made with the blue agave or “agave tequilana” from where the drink gets its name. Tequila is produced in the area surrounding the city of the same name, and in the Mexican highlands.

Tequila was first produced in the 1500s, near what is now the city of Tequila. The agave plant had been used in the preparation of alcoholic drinks for centuries; in fact the Aztecs had made a fermented drink from it called octli. In around 1600, the Marquis of Altamira, Don Pedro Sánchez de Tagle, first mass produced tequilas in a factory he founded in Jalisco.

The agave plant is still harvested by hand, by workers called "jimadores" They work carefully to harvest the small Agave offspring without damaging the parent plant. The exact time of the harvest is very important, because if the agave plants are gathered too early in the season, the natural sugars will have yet to develop, and if it is gathered too late, the natural sugars will have already been used up by the plant.

The agave plants are then shredded and pressed and the juices are fermented in vats. More traditional companies still crush the plants with an old-fashioned stone wheel.

The fermented juices are distilled, usually twice, though sometimes three times. Tequila is often barrel aged, and this helps develop the flavours and aromas of the drink.

Sauza Tres Generaciones Plata Tequila

70cl, 38%
Sauza

A clean, fresh-tasting silver tequila from Sauza's premium Tres Generaciones range. This is 100% blue agave, triple distilled and very well balanced.  More info

Sauza Tres Generaciones Plata Tequila
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$47.11
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Herradura Seleccion Suprema Extra Añejo

70cl, 40%
Herradura

A super premium tequila from Herradura. Seleccion Suprema is a limited edition tequila aged in oak for 49 months.  More info

Herradura Seleccion Suprema Extra Añejo
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$294.96
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Sierra Milenario Tequila Extra Añejo

70cl, 41.5%
Destilerias Sierra

An extra añejo tequila from the Sierra Milenario range, made with 100% agave and aged for three years in durmast oak casks. Boundless notes of oak-y spice, rich fruit and roasted agave shine through…  More info

Sierra Milenario Tequila Extra Añejo
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$62.83
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Gran Orendain Blanco

70cl, 38%
Gran Orendain

This is a Blanco tequila from the Gran Orendain range, produced by the Orendain family with some rather particular agave - specifically agave grown on the hill of Tepecoste, harvested at the peak of…  More info

Gran Orendain Blanco
$38.91

Código 1530 Reposado

70cl, 38%
Código 1530

For the Código 1530 Reposado, only agave over seven years old is distilled to create the spirit, which is then allowed to mature for six months in Napa Cabernet barrels. Hugely flavoursome - keep the…  More info

Código 1530 Reposado
$54.44

Calle 23 Criollo

70cl, 49.3%
Calle 23

A limited edition expression from the Calle 23 Tequila range, made with criollos - these are blue agave plants, but even when they're fully grown, they're smaller than your average agave. After…  More info

Calle 23 Criollo
$79.23
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Lunazul Añejo

70cl, 40%
Lunazul

A 100% agave tequila that's aged in ex-Bourbon barrels for 12 to 18 months.  More info

Lunazul Añejo
$35.58
$32.03
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Terralta Extra Añejo Barrel Strength

75cl, 55%
Terralta

At the peak of the Terralta Tequila range sits the Extra Añejo Barrel Strength expression. It's a rare sight to see tequila bottled at such a high ABV, let alone one so well aged. Fascinating (and…  More info

Terralta Extra Añejo Barrel Strength
$83.80

Arette Suave Blanco

70cl, 38%
Arette

Blanco tequila from Arette's premium Suave range, which is allowed to rest for six months in stainless steel tanks before bottling, which helps to mellow the spirit's flavour profile. The name,…  More info

Arette Suave Blanco
$53.40

Gran Orendain Reposado

70cl, 38%
Gran Orendain

The Gran Orendain range of tequilas are all made exclusively using agave grown on the hill of Tepecoste, harvested at the peak of their maturity. The Reposado expression spends 11 months ageing in…  More info

Gran Orendain Reposado
$40.70

Rooster Rojo Blanco Tequila

70cl, 38%
Rooster Rojo

Fabrica de Tequilas produced and distilled this blanco Tequila using agave cooked for 10 hours in steam-powered autoclaves. After the addition of special yeast, the batch was then fermented and moved…  More info

Rooster Rojo Blanco Tequila
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$25.10

UWA Platinum Blanco Tequila

70cl, 40%
UWA

Made in the actual town of Tequila, the team behind UWA triple-distill the tepache (juice) from 100% blue weber agave in small batches and dilute with volcanic spring water. The waste pinas from…  More info

UWA Platinum Blanco Tequila
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$40.82
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Clase Azul Añejo Tequila

70cl, 40%
Clase Azul

A super-premium añejo tequila from Clase Azul, presented in their instantly recognisable decanter. Made using traditional Mexican unfired clay methods, before European glazing techniques and hand…  More info

Clase Azul Añejo Tequila
$634.90

Herradura Añejo

70cl, 40%
Herradura

A very good quality Añejo from Herradura. This was introduced in 1962, and was the first commercially available tequila of its type. It also won Golds at both the coveted International Wine and…  More info

Herradura Añejo
4
$55.16
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Mucha Liga Triple Pack (3 x 10cl)

30cl, 35%
Mucha Liga

A triple pack from the wrestling-inspired Mucha Liga range, featuring a 10cl of the Mucha Liga Blanco, Mucha Liga Reposado and Mucha Liga Añejo Tequilas - each one made with 100% agave. The little…  More info

Mucha Liga Triple Pack (3 x 10cl)
$34.54

Tequila Advent Calendar - Classic Style (2019 Edition)

72cl, 39.9%
Drinks by the Dram

Tequila is a terrific spirit. This is a known thing. Drinks by the Dram's Advent Calendar are also marvellous. You get where we're going with this one, don't you? The Tequila Advent Calendar is here!…  More info

Tequila Advent Calendar - Classic Style (2019 Edition)
$130.96

Arette Suave Añejo

70cl, 38%
Arette

This is the Añejo expression from Arette's premium tequila range, Suave (a choice name, we have to say). They store the spirit for 6 months in steel tank to allow it to mellow, before transferring it…  More info

Arette Suave Añejo
$67.60

Maverick Reposado Tequila

70cl, 38%
La Cofradia

Oh look, it's a Reposado offering of tequila for the Maverick range, one of Jake's favourites (apparently he once enjoyed some Maverick Tequila in a pub in Darlington, which he enjoys telling us…  More info

Maverick Reposado Tequila
$20.15

Cenote Reposado Tequila

70cl, 40%
Cenote

Master distiller Arturo Fuentes and master blender Alejandro Garcia Páez create the Cenote Tequila range using blue agave which has matured for at least 6 years. Following distillation, the Reposado…  More info

Cenote Reposado Tequila
$50.13
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Ocho Reposado Tequila 2013 (Los Fresnos)

50cl, 40%
Ocho

The agave for this reposado Tequila hail from Rancho Los Fresnos, which is a stones throw away from the La Alteña Distillery where the spirit is produced. It was harvested back in 2013 from the…  More info

Ocho Reposado Tequila 2013 (Los Fresnos)
$90.09

El Torito Silver

70cl, 35%
Polini Group S.r.I

An unaged El Torito Tequila, which was made in Mexico. Perfect for a Paloma, just make sure you've got enough fresh grapefruit juice!  More info

El Torito Silver
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$17.77

G4 Tequila Reposado

75cl, 40%
G4 Tequila

This is the reposado expression produced by Felipe Camarena for the G4 Tequila range. Made using traditional methods combined with environmentally-conscious approaches, these fantastic Mexican…  More info

G4 Tequila Reposado
$41.92

La Serpiente Emplumada Extra Añejo

70cl, 40%
La Serpiente Emplumada

At the peak of the Serpiente Emplumada range is their Extra Añejo tequila! A golden label for an equally golden hue of the spirit...  More info

La Serpiente Emplumada Extra Añejo
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$67.86

Cabrito Tequila Blanco (40%)

70cl, 40%
Tequila Cabrito

Blanco tequila produced in Arandas in the Jalisco region, made using 100% agave. There's a goat on the label. It's looking at you expectantly.  More info

Cabrito Tequila Blanco (40%)
$28.83

Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado

70cl, 38%
Jose Cuervo

100% agave tequila from Jose Cuervo tequila, aged shortly in white oak barrels. The peppery notes from the Silver Tradicional are dialled back in the Reposado, in their place, you'll find sweeter…  More info

Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado
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$32.11
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